Why spelling is hard – but also hard to change

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In Lingthusiasm Episode 33 Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch discuss spelling. Gretchen: I think of spelling systems across languages as kind of like living in a house. When you first move into a house, you unpack everything and you hopefully say, “Okay. I’m gonna be organised this time.” And you say, “This is where everything’s… Read more Why spelling is hard – but also hard to change

Usage tips


Did you know that “winter denotes a season of the year, but connotes cold weather”? If not, then perhaps you should consult the Usage section of the Oxford Dictionaries website. It has numerous tips on word choices. For example: Bring or take? Continual or continuous? Its or it’s? Phenomenon or phenomena? Who or whom? Other… Read more Usage tips